Respect Life

“In our present social context, marked by a dramatic struggle between the ‘culture of life’ and the ‘culture of death’, there is need to develop a deep critical sense, capable of discerning true values and authentic needs. What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life. All together, we must build a new culture of life.”
Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995)

Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities

How Can I Participate in Pro-Life Efforts?

Pray and fast: This is primarily a spiritual battle. Pray for healing of our nation and for all those suffering from past abortions. Pray for conversion of hearts that more people will see the value of every human life. Prayer is vital to this ministry. Pray at home; pray before the Blessed Sacrament; attend Mass more frequently. 

Support and/or volunteer at a pregnancy counseling center: These centers support women and couples both before and after the birth of their children: Essential Pregnancy Services and Catholic Charities’ Mentoring Moms program. Mater Filius and Bethlehem House are homes for pregnant, homeless women.

Support organizations dedicated to post-abortion healing: Project Rachel  and Rachels Vineyard 

Support pro-life legal organizations that defend life, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech: Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists' conscience rights are being denied; discriminatory state and city laws are being written that target pregnancy counseling centers and sidewalk counselors; colleges routinely deny freedom of speech to pro-life students and organizations; government agencies sometimes require Catholic institutions to participate in practices contrary to Church teaching. The Thomas More Society, Life Legal Defense Foundation, Becket, and Alliance Defending Freedom are organizations that offer pro-bono legal help to defend those unjustly accused and to fight unjust laws.

Pray outside an abortion clinic: You don't have to be a sidewalk counselor. Simply pray for the women, unborn babies, and couples entering the clinic, and for the workers at the clinic. Planned Parenthood is just north of 93rd and Maple, and the Bellevue Abortion and Contraception Clinic is at the intersection of W. Mission Ave. and Bert Murphy Blvd.

Local Events

Life Chain October prayerful protest against abortion where participants hold signs which read “Abortion Kills Children” along 72nd and Dodge Streets.

Vigil for Life Mass celebrated by the Archbishop, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a living rosary walk to the abortion clinic in Bellevue. 

March for Life January pro-life organizations and advocates gathering in Washington D.C. to make a public witness for life near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday January observance on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade as a time for believers to grieve the tragedy of abortion.

Local Pro-Life Prayer Times

Gabriel’s Corner – 131 S 16th St, Council Bluffs, Iowa
There is the rosary at 8:30 am and Mass at 9:00 am on the third and last Saturdays of every month on a regular basis, unless the priest cannot make it for some reason, then there is just a Rosary. It is done in the Chapel at Gabriel’s Corner and everyone is welcome to come pray with them against abortion.

Abortion Tuesday at Planned Parenthood – 5631 S 48th St, Lincoln
Tuesdays in front of Planned Parenthood
9:30 am – Group Rosary on sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood
10:00 am – Mass across the street at the Lincoln Right to Life Center
1:00 pm – Group Rosary on sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood
Right to Life maintains a peaceful and prayerful presence each Abortion Tuesday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Contact Mike Davis, president of Lincoln Right to Life: 402-480-0404.

Omaha and Bellevue
In Omaha, they’ll be praying in front of Planned Parenthood, 3105 N 93rd St., just a block north of Maple on 93rd, on Mondays from 8:00 am to Noon, & Saturdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. In Bellevue, in front of the Bellevue abortion facility, 1002 W. Mission Ave., on Fridays, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm; Saturdays 7:30 am to 10:00 am, & Sundays, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Times are based on arrival for abortion appointments. Bellevue abortion facility, 1002 W. Mission Ave on Thursdays 9:30 am to 10:45 am and 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm; Fridays 7:30 am to 8:45 am; and Saturdays 7:30 am to 8:45 am. To receive the 4 hour training class, send request to Michelle at wittem6465@gmail.com. More info at sidewalkadvocates.org.